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1 something whose name is either forgotten or not known [syn: dohickey, dojigger, doodad, doohickey, gimmick, hickey, gismo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy]
2 a device that is very useful for a particular job [syn: appliance, contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gismo, widget]

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  1. A nonsensical placeholder name for something that one does not know the proper term for; gadget; whatchamacallit; thingamajig; jobbyjobber.


Extensive Definition

Gizmo is a placeholder name for any small technological item. Other similar names are gadget, widget, thingamajig, etc. Gizmo may refer specifically to:
In technology:
  • MrGizmo, a internetstore that has small electronic gizmos
  • The Gizmo or "Gizmotron", an effect unit for the electric guitar
  • Gizmo key, found on certain flutes
  • Gizmo Project, a peer-to-peer Internet telephony and instant messaging software application
  • Gizmondo, a handheld gaming console
  • Gizmo, an OpenGL compiler used in Wavemetrics IGOR Pro software
  • Gizmo, a bounding box used for manipulating objects in 3D modeling computer programs
  • Gizmo, nickname of VoIP phone adapters that were used by SunRocket.
  • Gizmo Pty Ltd, Australian IT Company based in major capital cities.
In entertainment:
  • The Gizmos, a 1970s proto-punk band from Indiana
  • Gizmo Williams, a former kick returner in Canadian Football
  • Gizmo!, a 1977 documentary film directed by Howard Smith
  • Gadgets and Gizmos, a Canadian television show about technological devices
In fiction:
gizmo in German: Gizmo
gizmo in French: Gizmo (homonymie)
gizmo in Italian: Gizmo
gizmo in Japanese: ギズモ

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